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Impact and Evidence Advisor: Practical Action, London – Deadline 4 August

By 26/07/2021

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Impact and Evidence Advisor,  Practical Action

Deadline: 4 August, 2021
Interviews: w/c 16 August, 2021
Location: Rugby, UK
Salary: £37,864 – £40,253

We are looking for an enthusiastic, well organised, proactive person who enjoys working with a range of people. You will be part of a small Impact and Learning Team, which is part of a wider, high performing Influence and Impact Directorate.

The Impact and Learning team was created to support Practical Action to both increase its impact as well as to gather evidence and learning about that impact. In particular the position will also be working with the Change Ambition leads to carry out country and multi-country assessments along with in-depth evidence gathering to provide us information for internal learning as well as external influencing. And as part of the I&L team the position will play a major part in rolling out Practical Action’s new Programme Quality and Delivery Framework and supporting specific country offices and projects to use this. This includes apply the latest good practice to programme level planning, project design, participatory M&E, applying learning and adaptive management approaches, as well as ensuring gender and inclusion are considered throughout.

The Advisor will be part of the Impact and Learning team and report to the Head of that team. Critical to the success of the role will be the ability to be engage with a wide variety of staff across Practical Action at all levels as well as to provide practical capacity building to help staff apply good practice and learnings. Travel to Practical Action country programmes will be required in this role. The role offers an amazing opportunity for someone interested in impact and programme quality as well as evidence gathering and someone who likes to work as part of a small team but with wide-reaching connections and impact.

About you

You are confident, well organised, enthusiastic and like working as part of a team.

You will have strong practical experience and an understanding of programme quality as well as evidence gathering on impact including assessments and the use of global indicators. At times, you may also be required to represent Practical Action externally.

You enjoy building relationships and communicating with a wide range of people, whether that is in writing or verbally. You are confident working with a range of different people, including staff and partners from different Practical Action country offices.

Why join us?

The opportunity to work for an organisation that is making a positive difference to the lives of people worldwide, a friendly and supportive culture, working with values driven and highly engaged colleagues, work life balance and flexible working – these are just some of the reasons we think Practical Action is a great place to work.

This is a global role, and therefore this role has the possibility of being based in any of the countries where Practical Action operates and has an employing entity. This role is however being advertised in the UK, Nepal and Kenya.

The post-holder will be required to have the relevant Right to Work for the country which they are applying and the terms of conditions of employment will be in accordance with that country.

Key Benefits (UK)

Inspiring people is central to Practical Action’s mission. This starts with our own staff.  Through talented and committed staff we will effectively deliver practical answers to our beneficiaries and influence others to build on our philosophy to deliver practical answers to poverty.


Flexible working hours and opportunities for remote working are encouraged and enabled.

Annual Leave

Annual holiday entitlement is 26 days in addition to public holidays. Practical Action also operates a personal leave policy, where employees may request up to 1 week unpaid leave in a calendar year.

Family Friendly Policies

Practical Action offer enhanced family friendly policies over and above the statutory requirements. This includes enhanced maternity and adoption, paternity and shared parental leave pay.

Pension scheme

Practical Action operates a unit-linked Stakeholder pension from AEGON. New employees join the scheme from day one of employment (rules apply).  The employer contributes 10.5% of salary and the employee contributes 5%.

Bike to Work scheme

Practical Action participates in the Bike to Work scheme. This is a government sponsored initiative designed to encourage bicycle usage as part of their Green Transport Plan.  The scheme offers employees a tax advantage that means the cost of buying a bicycle is reduced by 30 to 45%

About us

We are an international development organisation putting ingenious ideas to work so people in poverty can change their world.

We help people find solutions to some of the world’s toughest problems. Challenges made worse by catastrophic climate change and persistent gender inequality. We work with communities to develop ingenious, lasting and locally owned solutions for agriculture, water and waste management, climate resilience and clean energy. And we share what works with others, so answers that start small can grow big.

We’re a global change-making group. The group consists of a UK registered charity with community projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America, an independent development publishing company and a technical consulting service. We combine these specialisms to multiply our impact and help shape a world that works better for everyone.

Additional information

Please note that should we recruit a suitable candidate before the closing date, we will close applications earlier than the specified date.

We treat all applications for employment on their merits and do not take into consideration any factors that are not relevant to the job such as disability, race, age, religion, gender, gender reassignment or sexual orientation.

 Practical Action is committed to safeguarding and protecting children and vulnerable adults and as such candidates will be subject to pre-employment checks including criminal checks and terrorist financing.

How to Apply

If you want to work for a charity with significant people ambitions, then we would like to hear from you.  To apply go to https://practicalaction.org/careers/ and follow the links to submit a copy of your CV and a supporting statement that describes your suitability for the role.

Closing date for applications: 4th August 2021

Interview dates: w/c 16th August 2021

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